Yasser Arafat paid $2,000 to the family of a Palestinian suicide bomber who attacked the beach front Dolphinarium dance club in Tel Aviv in 2001 and then sent the terrorist’s father a letter in which he praised his son’s murderous act, according to documents captured in a recent Israeli operation that were released yesterday.
The attack on the Dolphinarium was one of the most brutal massacres of the Palestinian intifadah, killing 21 people, mostly teens, on a Friday night in June 2001. More than 120 people were injured in the powerful blast carried out by Hamas terrorist Hassan Khutari.
It was disclosed in documents published yesterday by the Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism unit at the Center for Special Studies that the Palestinian Authority transferred $2,000 to Khutari’s father, who resides in Jordan.
The documents, seized from the Institute for Caring for Victims’ Families – a division of the Palestinian Welfare Ministry – were captured during Israel’s Operation Defensive Shield in March 2002.
Israel National News reported the funds were transferred to the family through a branch of the Arab Bank, in El-Bireh, near Ramallah.
The bank is known to be the preferred channel of the PA and terrorist groups for funneling money to the families of imprisoned and dead terrorists and to terrorist operatives themselves.
Days after the money was transferred to Jordan, a German television station reported Arafat, via the Palestinian ambassador to Jordan, sent the terrorist’s father a letter praising the act of his son, describing him as “an extraordinary model of strength, manliness and willingness for self-sacrifice.”
There has been heightened talk the past week of “removing” Arafat from his Ramallah compound, where he has been isolated since 2001.
In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot excerpted this week, Sharon said, “Arafat will be expelled from the territories.”
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom made similar statements.
In response, Arafat deputy and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told WorldNetDaily Sharon’s comments are really intended to prepare the public for the killing of the PLO leader.
“I believe all this talk is really about a plan to kill Arafat,” said Erekat. “The Israeli government destroyed the PLO, they have been putting Arafat under siege, and now they want to kill him.”
The exchanges follow a WorldNetDaily exclusive report that after 31 years, the FBI is now gathering evidence about Arafat’s culpability in the murder of two American diplomats.